|Project by RGtools||posted 08-13-2011 10:42 PM||1611 views||0 times favorited||10 comments|
My wife recently started wanting to make hats. A hat block, shaped roughly like someones head is very useful for this endeavor. I found this wood in my shop from thing Grampa left over, it was finger jointed all over the place but you could very easily get short lengths of it. It looks like oak but it’s soft enough to dent with a thumnail (and I am told the a bet of give on a hat block is easier on needles). The wood just invites hand tools to shape it. I could do just about anything I pleased in any direction without breaking it apart (except when I meant to and it broke the way I wanted).
This was a very fun few hours with handplanes, drawknife, scrapers and a bit of sandpaper. One thing I was thankful I did: when I glued up the blank I left one piece about 4 inches overlong so I could very easily clamp that in my vise or in a hand-screw that was then clamped in my vice. This made fairing the curve with a drawknife much easier.
I look forward to making more. My wife had already put this one to use.
Simple oil and wax finish. The end grain soaked it up.
-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan